The NFL handed down the penalties to the Patriots and Tom Brady on May 11th, 2015. Brady received a four game suspension. The Patriots as a team also received punishments from the NFL. They got 1 million dollar fine as well as the loss of two draft picks the following years draft. Everyone was more than shocked.
One major problem that many doctors have recognized is that concussions not only affect players while they are playing the game of football but their lives long after their career ends. Articles written by (Nancy Didehbani) and (Marshall Kerr) discussions how player’s brains functions long after their careers end. Some of the issues they found with concussions are Short and long term memory loss, prescription drug abuse and depression and in some of the worst cases, suicide (Kerr). Studies of the brain after a NFL athlete’s careers show strong correlations linked to concussions. Which raises the question should the NFL require players who are diagnosed with concussions during their playing careers receive therapy and treatment in order to
Return-to-play policies are widespread, especially in youth athletics, and they usually recommend sidelining players after a suspected concussion until symptoms resolve. One of the main reasons of sideling an athlete with a suspected concussion is to prevent a rare condition called second-impact syndrome, a potentially fatal brain swelling or bleeding that can occur when a player still recovering from a concussion gets hit again in the head (Tanner 2). Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a degenerative disease in the brain, primarily found in athletes who have had repeated brain trauma. In September 2002, a former NFL center: Mike Webster, 50, died. Webster was a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1974 to 1990.
Many people tend to overlook the size of players at major universities until they reach the professional level; however former athletes will admit that they have had teammates who used performance enhancing drugs. Kicked off the Ole Miss football team in 2008, Jared Foster believes that the NCAA may have a serious issue to deal with. The former quarterback pleaded guilty to supplying a man with anabolic steroids and was quoted as saying, “Everybody around me was doing it.” Playing in the Southeastern Conference, Ole Miss always finds themselves at or near the top of many college football rankings each season (Apuzzo). Of course, if this former juice junky claims that everyone on his team used anabolic steroids, how many other collegiate teams have multiple drug abusers? Some say the size of players has become somewhat concerning.
Within the article, “Would you let your son play football” on ESPN.com states, “The issue of player safety and concussions would have a very real, very fresh face.” This is significant because once a football player dies they are examined, which the majority of football players have serious injuries in their brains. Although many brain injuries are found due to football, there is not much awareness that is spreaded to warn people about these risks. After the life of playing football, many things become f=difficult as you adjust to the life without football. Within the autopsy of Mike Webster after he died from a heart attack, he found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy. In this article, “Mike Webster autopsy 'one of the most significant moments in the history of sports, '” it was found that Mike Webster’s brain was way older than his actual age.
Why the Packers are an Elite Team The start of the 2015 NFL season has been anticipated all year. Since the end of last season, many fans, analysts, and teams have been counting down to the start of the regular season, proclaiming that this year is, “our year.” One of those team that has a gratifying chance of having “their year” is the Green Bay Packers. The Packers are one of the present day elite teams in the NFL. With arguably the best quarterback in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers, a high powered offense, a mediocre defense, and a young, yet experienced roster, Green Bay is a Super bowl favorite in the 2015 season. Like every year, the season kicked off with the NFL draft, where teams address their weaknesses and needs.
But in reality concussions are a big issue and people need to know about them. Just look at the case of former University of Missouri football player Michael Keck, who died two years ago (House). Also people with concussions need to be fully recovered or people can injure themselves worse (English). Studies show “70% of high school athletes play with their symptoms while colleges only report concussions 1 in 27 hits” (Koppelman). These all show why the public must be informed on concussions so they can be found easier.
Over the past three seasons, the NFL alone has reported over 690 concussion related injuries causing major athletes such as Ben Roethlisberger, Devonta Freeman, DeAndre Hopkins, and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to miss significant time on the field (CNN 2015). Testing in sports have always been significant, but as of late, they have come to the forefront following the large concussion lawsuit filed against the National Football League and the countless names emerging from Major League Baseball for being linked to performance enhancing drugs. Health and player safety is becoming the number one issue for many of the professional sports leagues including the National Basketball Association and the Federation International de Futbol Association
Is it safe for the football players? Many people think football is unsafe, and many facts show that yes it is unsafe. Out of 2,600 players about 400 of them are injured a year from major concussions to torn ACL’s and thats only in the NFL. Around 12 kids around the country also die per year playing football most from a preexisting medical condition. The NSSO (National Sports Safety Organization) states that heat strokes cause the biggest concerns for youth football.
Deion Sanders played in both the NFL and the MLB. Deion is widely known as one of the best cornerbacks of all time and played on multiple NFL teams. Some teams are the Falcons, Cowboys, Niners, Redskins and the Ravens. The MLB teams he played on were the Braves, Yankees, Reds, and the Giants. The most incredible thing about Bo Jackson was not only the fact that he played both NFL and MLB but also the fact that he excelled in both major sports.
Every year dozens of football players are dead from CTE or diagnosed with it. CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) slowly kills brain cells. Just imagine that your kid becomes a star like Aaron Rodgers, but when he gets one too many hits. He gets diagnosed with CTE and his life
When it was reopened in 1995, the attendance had decreased tremendously. From 31,000 to just 25,000 fans per game (“Longest”). During the Persian Gulf War, many people would have been more curious about the war rather than worried about if their favorite team was winning or losing. The Heisman was a very important thing in the football industry, by winning the heisman was a great accomplishment and set a goal for every team to try and succeed for. The 1990s sports had many impacts from the social and historical events that occurred.
Not all of these brain injuries and be cured and some even lead to death. Throughout America, We have heard stories about different brain injuries and how they are caused. In class we watched the movie concussion, which came out in 2015. This movie started out with a retired football player named Mike Webster who goes crazy, or what we thought was him going crazy. Mike kept complaining of severe headaches, dizziness, And that he could hear voices in his head.
Correspondingly, in the the article written by Adam Buckley Cohen, a New York Times journalist, stated, “And he recognized that if he kept taking hits year after year, he could suffer the same fate — or worse.” (Cohen, 1). The same fate as in developing mental diseases due to the reoccurring concussions. These developments are mostly known to occur on NFL veterans who have retired, but if sports keep pushing kids to work harder and to be more aggressive, kids may be developing it without us noticing already. Parents shouldn’t risk their kids’ future for sports when they 're not going to pursue it in the future. In the same token the article by Boston University that it ranked highly ranked in the medicine division also familiar with brain damage stated, “Nine-year NFL veteran, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Tom McHale was suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), a degenerative brain disease caused by head trauma, when he died in 2008 at the age of 45.” (Boston University, 1).